Railbanking is a method established in the National Trails System Act to preserve an out-of-service rail corridor through interim use as a trail. Railbanking allows a trail to be built as a rail-to-trail, where the trail can be located within or on top of the historic rail alignment.
The Great Redwood Trail Agency is mandated to undertake the process of railbanking the former North Coast Railroad Authority rail corridor with the Surface Transportation Board. In 2022, the corridor was railbanked from Willits north to Humboldt Bay.
To learn more about our current railbanking filings and the Surface Transportation Board process, please see our FAQ here.
To view the filings, decisions, and comments:
Learn more about railbanking for trail development at the Rails to Trails Conservancy website here.